Work related stress

Excessive pressure and demands at work can cause stress. This can lead to chronic physical and mental health conditions. Do the right thing and protect your workers from work-related stress.

Talking Toolkit – Preventing Work-related Stress

Download Talking Toolkit

Download our ‘Talking Toolkit’
to start a conversation with your workers and help prevent work-related stress in your organisation.

Manage the risks of stress

You have a legal duty to protect workers from stress at work by doing a risk assessment and acting on it. You can use these examples to help you with your stress risk assessment, or alternatively find out more about HSE’s organisational approach to preventing work-related stresss, the Management Standards.

Find out more about what you can do to tackle the risks of work-related stress.

What others are doing

Find out how other organisations have made positive changes in managing work-related stress. These examples show how managing risk can help workers and reduce sickness absence.

NHS Trust Hospital
An NHS Trust had an established employee well-being programme, which identified a potential issue with work-related stress. They decided to take a more proactive, preventative approach to managing stress-related ill health.

Metropolitan Council
A council reduced its stress-related sickness absence by about a third (over 13 000 days) in the first year of a new approach to work-related stress.

Science company
A science company used the Management Standards Indicator Tool to identify causes of stress in the organisation, so they could put preventative measures in place.

What HSE is doing

HSE is  working to reduce work-related stress using communication, partnerships, regulatory work in the highest-risk sectors and evidence-based interventions.

Latest statistics on work-related stress.

Work-related stress – Email Newsletter

Keep up to date on how we are working to reduce the risk of work-related stress by subscribing to our stress e-bulletin.